Welcome!

Orientation at SAPL is a series of events, workshops and information sessions where students can learn about what to expect during the fall and winter semesters. Mandatory health and safety training for the workshop is provided.

Most of the program is for new student orientation.

Returning students who started in Fall 2020 are invited to attend a welcome/training program. Details at the bottom of the page (below the main agenda). 

In adherence to UCalgary's commitment to promoting a healthy and safe learning, working, and living environment, non-medical face masks must now be worn in all public indoor areas where physical distancing of 2 metres is not possible. Learn more about the University's COVID-19 response.


New Students Orientation Schedule

Monday Aug 30


New Student Check-In & All Student Coffee Station

Stantec Gallery PF 2145
8:00am-9:00am
 

Indigenous Welcome Song and Indigenous Approach Presentation

PF 2130
9:00am-10:30am

Welcome from SAPL Dean John Brown
Land Acknowledgement, Prayer and Smudge from First Nations Elder

SAPL & Campus Tours

Stantec Gallery PF 2145
10:30am-12:00pm

Campus tours led by student volunteers. 

New Student Pizza Lunch

PF 2130
12:00pm-1:00pm

Welcome from Dean John Brown, Catherine Hamel, Enrica Dall'Ara and Barry Wylant
Remarks from Joshua Taron (CBDLab)
Information from GSA, Career Services and AEDE

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All New Student Workshop Training and Intro Laser Training

PF 2130
1:00pm-4:30pm

This is mandatory for all new students who did not complete the previous week-long workshop trainings (August 16-20th or August 23-27th). 

Tuesday Aug 31


MArch Program Intro

Online
9:00-10:00am

Meeting ID: 957 3859 0325

Zoom Link →

MLA Program Intro

Online
9:00-10:00am

Meeting ID: 986 6211 3254

Zoom Link →

MPlan Program Intro

Online
10-11am

Meeting ID: 965 8906 2455

Zoom Link →

FND Yr ARCH Student Workshop Woodshop Training

Workshop 
10:30am-12:30pm

This is mandatory for foundation year architecture students who did not complete the previous week-long workshop trainings (August 16-20th or August 23-27th). 

MEDes and PhD (Thesis) Program Intro

Online
11:00-12:00pm

Meeting ID: 937 7721 1412

Zoom Link →

Library Introduction

PF 2160
1:00pm-2:00pm

Hear from SAPL's own expert librarian, James Murphy, Taylor Family Digital Library, about how to access eBooks, search architecture databases, use Lab NEXT's VR and access visualization, audiovisual and maker spaces. You will also learn about Western Canada's largest collection of architectural history, the Canadian Architectural Archives and the data and maps experts at Spatial and Numeric Data Services. 

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Health & Ethics Presentations

PF 2160
2:15pm-3:15pm

Dr. William Yimbo, Education Specialist in the Office of Equity, Diversity, and Inclusion
Megan McKay, RSW (she/her), Student Support Advisor, Student Wellness Services

Presentations will be 30 minutes each. 

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CFD Fire Training

Online 
3:30pm-4:30pm

This is a mandatory session. All students are expected to attend. 

Meeting ID: 984 4078 0961

Zoom Link →

Wednesday Sep 1


International Student Orientation

Online
9:00-10:00am

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Grad O

Online
10:30am–12:00pm

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M1 & ARST Minors Yr ARCH Student Workshop Woodshop Training

12:45pm-2:45pm
Workshop

This is mandatory for M1 Architecture and ARST Minor students who did not complete the previous week-long workshop trainings (August 16-20th or August 23-27th). 

SAPL Symposium

Online
3:00pm–5:00pm

Showcase of SAPL Faculty and Sessional Instructors. Hear about their research, interest areas, and projects in a selection of 30 minute sessions.

3:00pm-3:30pm

  • Doug Leighton, Planning (Sessional Instructor)
  • Alicia Nahmad Vazquez, Architecture
  • Bev Sandalack, Landscape Architecture
  • Sasha Tsenkova, Planning

3:45pm-4:15pm

  • Francisco Alaniz Uribe, Planning
  • George Harris, Landscape Architecture
  • Joseli Macedo, Planning
  • Mauricio Soto-Rubio, Architecture

4:30pm-5:00pm

  • Alberto de Salvatierra, Architecture
  • Teresa Goldstein, Planning (Sessional Instructor)
  • Enrica Dall’Ara, Landscape Architecture
  • Sumer Matharu, Architecture (Sessional Instructor)

We kindly ask you to RSVP, there is a link on the RSVP page to each speaker's bio.

You can join the SAPL Symposium via this Zoom link → (Meeting ID: 980 6487 1356) and will be able to select the breakout room for the speaker of your choice. 

RSVP →

Thursday Sep 2


Health and Wellness Presentation

Online
8:30am-9:00am

Megan McKay, RSW (she/her), Student Support Advisor, Student Wellness Services

Hear about UCalgary's Wellness services and offerings

No registration required. Meeting ID: 991 8368 0042

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Alumni Practitioner Panel

Online
9:00am-10:00am

This Alumni Practitioner Panel will highlight the work and journeys of three esteemed alumni. They will share with students how this program became an asset for their future career.

Facilitator: Vivian Ton, Master of Architecture Candidate (2022), Graduate Research Assistant

Alumni Panelists:

  • Kristi Beunder, Township Planning + Design Inc., 1995
  • Alexia Caron-Roy, City of Calgary, 2018
  • Grace Coulter, Lemay, 2011

We kindly ask you to RSVP, there is a link on the RSVP page to each speaker's bio. You can join the Alumni Practitioner Panel via this Zoom link → (Meeting ID: 935 7323 2323).

RSVP →

MLA & MPLan Workshop Woodshop Training Competency Project

Workshop 
10:00am-12:45pm

This is mandatory for all MLA and MPlan students who did not complete the previous week-long workshop trainings (August 16-20th or August 23-27th). 

Break & Travel to CBDLab

1:00pm-2:00pm

CBDLab Afternoon of Activities

CBDLab
616 Macleod Trail S | City Hall C-Train Stop 
2:00pm-5:00pm

Students may choose 3-4 activities in and around the City Building Design Lab to learn more about the area, facility, equipment and each other.

We kindly ask you to register for your selected activities via the Sign Up page. 

Please use caution to note the time of each selection, to avoid double booking yourself. There is limited capacity in each activity. Masks will be required to participate.

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SAPL Dean's Dinner

CBDLab
616 Macleod Trail S | City Hall C-Train Stop 
5:00pm

As SAPL returns to campus and the City Building Design Lab, we invite you all to join us for an evening to welcome you back and welcome our new incoming students to SAPL.

  • Reception 5:00pm
  • Dinner 5:45pm
    • Remarks from SAPLSA President 
    • Remarks from Dean John Brown 
    • Mingling and cheer 

Cash bar. Casual to business casual dress code. 

Registration required to attend. Due to capacity limitations, this will be an internal event only. Registration open to SAPL Faculty, Staff, and all students.

Sign up →

Friday Sep 3


3D Modeling Rhino & Sketchup Tutorial

Online
8:30am-9:45am

We kindly ask you to RSVP. You can join the Tutorials via this Zoom Link → (Meeting ID: 913 6753 9194). 

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Adobe Illustrator & Photoshop Tutorial

Online
9:45am-11:00am

We kindly ask you to RSVP. You can join the Tutorials via this Zoom Link → (Meeting ID: 927 8191 4854). 

Sign up →

Engagement Activity

In-Person
Between 11:30am-5:00pm 

Select an engagement activity. Program timing will vary depending on selection. Click below to learn more and sign up.  

SAPL Student Association Mixer

The Black Lounge
MacEwan Hall | 2500 University Drive NW
7:00pm

All SAPL Students Welcome (all programs, all years)! The registration page will be updated as we get closer to the event. 

RSVP →

Returning 2020 Admit Students Orientation Schedule


Monday Aug 30

Check-In & Coffee Station
Stantec Gallery PF 2145
9:30am-10:30am

SAPL & Campus Tours
Stantec Gallery PF 2145
10:30am-12:00pm

Tuesday Aug 31

Returning Student Pizza Lunch
PF 2130
12:00pm-1:00pm*
RSVP →

All Returning 2020 Admit Students Workshop Intro Laser Training
PF 2130
1:00pm-3:30pm
This is mandatory for students (MArch, MLA & MPlan) who did not complete the previous week-long workshop trainings (August 16-20th or August 23-27th). 

CFD Fire Training
PF 2130 and Online
3:30pm-4:30pm
Students who participated in the Workshop Intro Laser Training can remain in PF 2130 to watch the CFD Fire Training presentation from the classroom. Otherwise, please join us online. This is a mandatory session. You can access the session via this Zoom Link → (Meeting ID: 984 4078 0961). 

Wednesday Sept 1

Returning Students M1 Workshop Intro Woodshop and Project Intro Training
Workshop
9am-12pm
This is mandatory for all returning M1 (MArch & MLA admitted to Foundation Year in 2020) students who did not complete the previous week-long workshop trainings (August 16-20th or August 23-27th).  

SAPL Symposium (Optional but available to those who are interested)
Online
3:00pm–5:00pm

Showcase of SAPL Faculty and Sessional Instructors. Hear about their research, interest areas, and projects in a selection of 30 minute sessions.

3:00pm-3:30pm

  • Doug Leighton, Planning (Sessional Instructor)
  • Alicia Nahmad Vazquez, Architecture
  • Bev Sandalack, Landscape Architecture
  • Sasha Tsenkova, Planning

3:45pm-4:15pm

  • Francisco Alaniz Uribe, Planning
  • George Harris, Landscape Architecture
  • Joseli Macedo, Landscape Architecture
  • Mauricio Soto-Rubio, Architecture

4:30pm-5:00pm

  • Alberto de Salvatierra, Architecture
  • Teresa Goldstein, Planning (Sessional Instructor)
  • Enrica Dall’Ara, Landscape Architecture
  • Sumer Matharu, Architecture (Sessional Instructor)

We kindly ask you to RSVP, there is a link on the RSVP page to each speaker's bio.

You can join the SAPL Symposium via this Zoom link → (Meeting ID: 980 6487 1356) and will be able to select the breakout room for the speaker of your choice. 

RSVP →

Thursday Sept 2

Alumni Practitioner Panel (Optional but available to those who are interested)
Online
9:00am-10:00am

This Alumni Practitioner Panel will highlight the work and journeys of three esteemed alumni. They will share with students how this program became an asset for their future career.

Facilitator: Vivian Ton, Master of Architecture Candidate (2022), Graduate Research Assistant

Alumni Panelists:

  • Kristi Beunder, Township Planning + Design Inc., 1995
  • Alexia Caron-Roy, City of Calgary, 2018
  • Grace Coulter, Lemay, 2011

We kindly ask you to RSVP, there is a link on the RSVP page to each speaker's bio. You can join the Alumni Practitioner Panel via this Zoom link → (Meeting ID: 935 7323 2323).

RSVP →

Returning M2 Student Workshop Woodshop & Project Intro Training
Workshop
2:00pm-4:30pm

This is mandatory for all returning M2/Senior (MArch & MPlan) students who did not complete the previous week-long workshop trainings (August 16-20th or August 23-27th).  

Travel to CBDLab
4:30pm-5:00pm

Dean's Dinner
CBDLab
616 Macleod Trail S | City Hall C-Train Stop 
5:00pm

As SAPL returns to campus and the City Building Design Lab, we invite you all to join us for an evening to welcome you back and welcome our new incoming students to SAPL.

  • Reception 5:00pm
  • Dinner 5:45pm

Cash bar. Registration required to attend. Due to capacity limitations, this will be an internal event only. Registration open to SAPL Faculty, Staff, and all students.

Sign up →

Friday Sep 3

SAPL Student Association Mixer
The Black Lounge
MacEwan Hall | 2500 University Drive NW
7:00pm

All SAPL Students Welcome (all programs, all years)! The registration page will be updated as we get closer to the event. 

RSVP →